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Mendelssohn Fan Faves Contest

If you're like us, you've been finding different ways to pass the time as we remain at home during the pandemic. While we perfect our recipes, crafting, and art-making skills, the one constant with us is always music! We have launched an exciting choral contest in partnership with Classical WQED-FM89.3, called #MendelssohnFanFaves. We want you to tell us your favorite choral work; the one...


We have been agonizing over the impact of this very recent novel Coronavirus pandemic. While we remain hopeful that late May will find us all in a better place, we have decided that we cannot ask singers to risk their health by attending rehearsals, nor do we want to jeopardize the health of our most vulnerable patrons. Therefore, we have made the difficult...

MCP Rocks the House with Satan’s Fall!

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) blew the roof off the Roxian Theatre on Friday and Saturday with the premiere of Stewart Copeland's Satan's Fall!  MCP, already well-renowned for their exceptional performances of traditional classical choral works, unleashed their inner angels and demons to do justice to Copeland's self-described "metal opera."  The event opened with MCP Robert Page Music Director Matthew Mehaffey leading the choir in more...

Support the Mendelssohn’s $30,000 match before December 31!

Support the Mendelssohn Choir this holiday season and your gift will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $30,000! The giving season officially kicked off on December 3 with GiveBig Pittsburgh and raised over $7,500 for the MCP. Our amazing Board of Directors has agreed to match ALL donations made to the Mendelssohn Choir by December 31. Donating is easy! 1. You can donate online now by

Stewart Copeland of the Police talks devilish collaboration with Pittsburgh choir

The Mendelssohn Choir's 2019-2020 composer in residence, Stewart Copeland, sat down with The Beaver County Times to discuss his exciting new collaboration, Satan's Fall, which will be premiered by the MCP in February 2020.  Before that event, Stewart will be in Pittsburgh in October to workshop the piece, including a very special Evening With Stewart Copeland, where...

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